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Rising young pianist Jeremy Denk concludes UI residency with Feb.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of the Young Concert
Artists (YCA) International Auditions and recipient of a 1998 Avery Fisher
Career Grant, will conclude a three-day University of Iowa residency with
a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 in UI Clapp Recital Hall.
The concert, presented by Hancher Auditorium, will feature the Toccata
in D Major, BWV 912, by J.S. Bach; Robert Schumann's "Fantasiestueke,"
op. 12; French composer/mystic Olivier Massiaen's "Le baiser"
from "Vingt regards sur L'Enfant Jesus"; and the Sonata No. 32
in C Minor, op. 111, by Beethoven.
The public is also invited at a mini-concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
3 in the Lisbon Library. During his UI residency, Denk will also work with
West Branch elementary students on Feb. 1, Wellman elementary students
on Feb. 2 and Columbus Junction elementary students on Feb. 3. He will
present a mini-concert at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Iowa City Senior Center.
As a YCA winner, Denk gave his Washington debut recital in the Kennedy
Center last season and, as a winner of the Juilliard Petschek Piano Debut
Award, he gave a critically acclaimed recital in Alice Tully Hall in New
York. He also performed in Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall under the
direction of Kurt Masur as winner of the Concerto Competition at the Juilliard
He has participated in the Marlboro, Caramoor and Aspen Music Festivals;
toured with superstar clarinetist Richard Stoltzman; and toured with Musicians
from Marlboro. Among his premieres are "Alternating Currents"
by YCA resident composer Kevin Putz and Libby Larsen's "Collage: Boogie"
with the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta.
Denk attended Oberlin College, where he received degrees in both music
and chemistry, before attending graduate school at Indiana University as
a student of Gyorgy Sebok. He is now a faculty member at Indiana while
he completes his doctorate at the Juilliard School.
Of Denk's Alice Tully Hall concert, Anthony Tommasini wrote in the New
York Times, "one did not need to know about Mr. Denk's educational
background to realize how intelligent he is. His searching mind was the
hallmark of his playing."
Mercy Iowa City/Mercy On Call is the corporate sponsor of Denk's concert,
through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the Feb. 4 concert are $10 ($8 for UI students and senior
citizens, and $5 for youth) from the Hancher box office. Hancher box office
hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m.
Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge to their university bills, and UI faculty
and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. People with special
needs should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people
with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr/
on the World Wide Web.